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Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Feb. 18: Beginner and intermediate classic ski lessons begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. A ski tour will follow at noon. Locations will vary depending on snow conditions, so confirm the time and meeting location with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703, prior to the outing. A schedule with other upcoming Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings and contact info is available on the onc.org/sonc website.
Work Party: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail
Saturday, Feb. 18: Siskiyou Upland Trails Association will lead a work party from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Wolf Gap, one of the most scenic access trails in the Sterling Mine Ditch trail system. Plan on a 3- to 5-mile roundtrip hike. SUTA will provide home-baked treats and lunch. Find detailed driving directions at www.sutaoregon.org. If you plan to attend, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 18: This 10K walk in Jacksonville will coincide with Chinese New Year. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the public parking lot on D Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Rogue River Half Marathon/Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K
Saturday, Feb. 18: The annual runs begin at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River. The course goes out and back on the Rogue River Greenway bike path. The half-marathon continues on North River Road and back. The half-marathon time limit is 3 hours. For details and registration, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Rogue Riverkeeper Speaker Series: Wonders of the Rogue
Thursday, Feb. 23: Ryan Battleson, Salmon & Trout Enhancement Program biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Robert Coffan, hydrogeologist, will talk about how native fish populations have changed in the Rogue basin. There will also be an update from the discoverers of the Rogue River's underwater mushroom. The informal evening of education and socializing will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, upstairs, 126 W. Main St., Medford. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-488-9831.
Cross-Country Ski: Sky Lakes Wilderness
Friday, Feb. 24: Siskiyou Mountain Club Chairwoman Angie Panter will lead a moderate, 6- to 7-mile cross-country ski trip in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Beginners welcome. Carpools will meet at 9 a.m. at White City Dollar Tree, 7338 Crater Lake Highway. Organzers expect to be back by 3 p.m. Seize on this winter's snow pack and get off the beaten path. Group size limited. Angie says she's bringing cookies, "and a good attitude, of course." Email email@example.com for more details and to sign up.
Walking the wild Applegate
Tuesday, Feb. 28: The Applegate Trails Association will show a film called "Walking the Wild Applegate," the story of two ATA members, Luke Ruediger and Josh Weber, who hiked the entire 80 miles, from downtown Ashland to Grants Pass, of the proposed Jack-Ash Trail. The free screening will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Nature Journals 101
Sunday, March 5: Explore Lithia Park and create a nature journal of your observations in this free event sponsored by Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. At 2 p.m., participants will meet at the store and walk over to the park to observe and record what they hear, smell, see and feel. Nature journaling teaches children to become keen observers of the natural world by drawing and writing about plants and animals in the field. Christy Chow will lead this class for children 5 and older. Register at the store or call 541-482-3241.
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, March 16: Jan and Dave Dobak will provide a look at the flora of northern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains and Wheeler Peak, and at California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Project FeederWatch is a citizen-science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, with individuals and groups making regular counts of birds that visit feeders in backyards, at nature centers and other locations throughout North America. Local counts take place every other Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland and every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone, and there is shelter in case of inclement weather. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace-lining at high speeds. Pace: 18-plus mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph average over approximately 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph with periodic pace lines for approximately 35 miles with some hills. Call Gary Shaff at 541-482-4537.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.